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Just about everything, Bernard Carpinter

Guerilla Season Paul Thomas Hodder Moa Beckett, $18.95, ISBN 1 8695 8296 9 Murder in Auckland, for book-loving New Zealanders, is much more delicious than killings in New York or Los Angeles. Aucklanders reading Paul Thomas’s crime novels can shiver…
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Poem – Ingrid Horrocks

Look As I arrange slim stemmed flowers at the ikebana class one petal falls and floats blue upon the water. It is then I remember the agapanthus you planted by the pond they will be pale green now and you…
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Not top spinning, Colin James

The Spin Anonymous Hodder Moa Beckett, $29.95, ISBN 1 86958 442 2 Novelists who stray into politics often produce cardboard cutout conspiracies that treat power one-dimensionally. People knowledgeable about politics usually have too diminished an imagination and/or too distorted a…
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Making it all irreversibly ours,  Simon Upton

On a calm summer’s evening, the view south from my conservatory takes on the enfolding calm of a pastoral idyll. In the moments before sunset all the blemishes and ragged edges that mar the rural landscape are washed out, creating…
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Site-specific ghetto-centricities, David Eggleton

What Becomes of the Broken-Hearted? Alan Duff Vintage, $29.95, ISBN 1 86941 310 5 Alan Duff makes good copy: he’s a phenomenon. If he didn’t exist it would be necessary to invent him. Duff, the Hemingwayesque bare-knuckle bruiser from the…
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Corrections

Oxford University Press is the publisher of Public Management: The New Zealand Model, not Otago University Press, as we said in our review in October. And in our report of the results of our readers survey a line was dropped…
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Identity crises, Ruth Butterworth

Cherries on a Plate ed Marilyn Duckworth Random House, $25.95 ISBN 1 86941 287 7 Six Clever Girls Who Became Famous Women Fiona Farrell Penguin Books, $24.95 ISBN 0 140 25356 4 England has social class; India and America have…
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Public radio’s enemies, John Thomson

Humphrey Carpenter’s recent book on 50 years of the BBC Third and Radio 3 is aptly titled The Envy of the World. 1 It tells the story of one of the most prestigious and influential networks ever created, whose character…
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A dog for everyone, Philippa, Octavia and Laura Horgan

Dexter and Friends: New Zealand’s Wonderful World of Dogs Mark Leishman and Jim Mora Shoal Bay Press, $29.95, ISBN 1 908704 46 1 Dogs are man’s best friends. Dexter and Friends backs up this age-old saying. This book is informative,…
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Editorial – Issue 26

Forward — and back Next issue we welcome back Fiona Kidman. Her new novel, Ricochet Baby, gives us the opportunity to make a retrospective assessment of her work. We expect that will be a centrepiece of our March number. Meantime,…
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